Dozens Killed In Taliban Attack On Afghan Security Forces

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Taliban insurgents attacked a joint police and army outpost in Afghanistan’s western Farah Province, killing at least 38 officers and soldiers, as the onslaught against the country’s security forces mounts, officials say.

Provincial council member Khair Mohammad Noorzai told the dpa news agency that the four-hour attack occurred in the early morning of November 15 and killed nearly all of the soldiers and police officers stationed at the joint base.

In Kabul, lawmaker Samiullah Samim told the AP that air strikes killed 17 of the Taliban attackers but most managed to flee.

A Taliban spokesman claimed responsibility for the attack and said about 80 weapons and several vehicles were captured by militants.

Meanwhile, fighting with Taliban militants in two districts of central Ghazni Province has displaced thousands of people, most of them from the minority Shi’ite Hazara population.

Some 100 Afghan security forces have been killed in those battles.

The resurgent Taliban have mounted increasing numbers of a provincial attacks in their battle to bring down the Western-backed government in Kabul and force out foreign troops.

Unofficial reports have estimated that some 45 Afghan police officers or soldiers are killed daily or wounded in attacks by the Taliban and other militants.

Afghan security forces have struggled to counter attacks from militant groups since the withdrawal of most NATO combat troops in 2014. The remaining Western forces mainly train and advise the Afghan military, although some are still occasionally caught in firefights.

U.S. special envoy Zakmay Khalilzad is involved in an effort to persuade Taliban officials to take part in peace talks with Kabul to end the decades-long war. Separately, Russia held peace talks in Moscow on November 9 that included Taliban representatives, but little progress was reported.
Dozens Killed In Taliban Attack On Afghan Security Forces

Also read: 'From One Grave To Another': Afghan Hazara Fleeing Taliban Find Little Solace In Escape

The Taliban are far from losing...
 

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Russia has been engaging with them lately

Russia hosts talks between Taliban and Afghan peace council
Afghan Taliban attend landmark talks
What game is Russia playing in Afghanistan?

US claims Russia supplies arms to them: Russia 'arming the Taliban', says US

Who knows... I believe they still have contacts there going back to the old War, in the 80s... Their goal, mainly, I think, is to prevent radicalization and destabilization in the nearby ex-Soviet republics in Central Asia. Russia hosts millions of labor migrants from those places, while those countries, in turn, have Russian military bases on their soil. And some, like Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan, have, still, significant (hundreds of thousands) ethnic Russian populations too, which need to be protected. So, that's their interest here...
 
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I would imagine that Putin and the US are on the same page as far as terrorism. It is expensive to monitor using many levels of resources and it is devastating when it happens to a City in your Country. No Country likes terrorist attacks. I am all for Russia taking over AStan. :)
 
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I would imagine that Putin and the US are on the same page as far as terrorism. It is expensive to monitor using many levels of resources and it is devastating when it happens to a City in your Country. No Country likes terrorist attacks. I am all for Russia taking over AStan. :)
I'm not... US made this mess. US should clean it up...
 

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I'm not... US made this mess. US should clean it up...
There is only so much a Country can do. The Middle East has always been in conflict. I cannot remember a time where one Middle East Country was not involved in a big war with each other. I think it was obvious that the US would retaliate on AStan after 911. Any Country would have, including Canada, if 911 happened in Canada, They were harboring Bin Ladin and hosting terrorist training camps. The Taliban was horrible to the citizens of AStan. They wanted them out too. That was a given war. I did not agree with Iraq. That war was totally stupid. Russia fights more aggressively than the US. TBH, if all Country's pulled out of the ME, I think the Countries will destroy each other.
 
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There is only so much a Country can do. The Middle East has always been in conflict. I cannot remember a time where one Middle East Country was not involved in a big war with each other. I think it was obvious that the US would retaliate on AStan after 911. Any Country would have, including Canada, if 911 happened in Canada, They were harboring Bin Ladin and hosting terrorist training camps. The Taliban was horrible to the citizens of AStan. They wanted them out too. That was a given war. I did not agree with Iraq. That war was totally stupid. Russia fights more aggressively than the US. TBH, if all Country's pulled out of the ME, I think the Countries will destroy each other.
Maybe that's what they do need there, one huge war to end them all; Sunnis vs. Shias vs. Kurds, I guess, all out... I did work for Europe cured their bloodlusts for good...
 
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